17th TSHL Austin Annual Legislative Session

The 17th TSHL will meet in Austin for the Legislative Session beginning April 22, 2018, and running through April 27, 2018. Registration will open at 1 PM and run through 4 PM in the Wyndham Garden Hotel Foyer. From 1:30 PM to 3:00 a special training session for LIC Chairs and Secretaries will be held in the Executive Learning Center at the Hotel. Members may attend the Executive Committee meeting on Sunday afternoon, April 22 beginning at 3:30 PM. A reception and program will follow beginning at 6:45 PM in the Lady Bird Lake Room of the Wyndham Garden Hotel.

The Wyndham Garden Hotel in Austin is furnishing breakfast to all members each day of this meeting.

Monday, April 23, will begin the Session and members will be transported to the House Chambers of the State Capitol building in time for the Opening session to begin at 9 am. Following the Opening Session, members will break into committee meetings to be held throughout the Capitol.

Transportation back to the hotel will begin at 4:30 PM. The Legislative Action Committee will convene at 6:30 PM to review the Proposed Resolutions that have been considered in committee and assign a Resolution No. to each Proposed Resolution that has been brought forward. These Resolutions will be finalized for floor debate the following morning.

The same process will be followed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday morning will be the final day of floor debate. After lunch, voting will occur to determine the Top Ten issues that reflect the common needs of Seniors across the State of Texas.

Friday morning, the Closing General Session will be held in the Guadalupe/Barton Creek Room of the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Austin at which time the Top Ten Resolutions will be announced and copies distributed to the members. Any other business will then be presented and the meeting will close.

TSHL Goals

  • Promote Good Government: Motivate, engage and educate older Texans in the legislative process
  • Encourage voice: Inform and educate older Texans to become viable political voices and forces
  • Provide Opportunity: Offer the avenue for older Texans to serve as a resource to public and private sectors on aging issues and concerns
  • Model Legislative Forum: Develop a non-partisan forum for discussion, debate and prioritization of issues facing aging Texans
  • Develop Advocates: Educate the Texas Silver-Haired Legislators to advocate for adoption of aging resolutions submitted to the Texas Legislature

Public Comments

You are invited to submit your concerns about aging issues or questions about TSHL. Questions will be answered by a TSHL member.

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Dates to Remember

January 30, 2018-TSHL Executive Committee meeting, Fort Worth
April 22-27, 2018-TSHL Legislative Session, Austin